5 Important Beginner’s Snorkeling Tips
Snorkeling is relatively easy to get involved in. There is no extensive training nor is there any certification required. That means that it is a perfect activity for every age (as long as the individual can swim) and a great family activity on your vacation!
But, just because it is an easy to do doesn’t mean that you’ll master it right away. There is an art to snorkeling just as there is an art to any activity. Luckily, getting good is simple.
Follow these 5 tips during your snorkeling excursion for the best experience.
1. Wear Your Mask Properly
This one seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many people do not think about this. Getting the proper equipment is essential. This will make or break your dive.
First and foremost, you need to get a mask that fits your face. To check, hold the snorkel mask up and breathe in through your nose. The mask should stay in place with no support. If it’s loose, then you’re better off trying a different size.
If air gets into your mask, water will also seep in.
Hair is tricky to deal with when diving, since it can get stuck in the seal and leak water. Tie your hair up or put it in a cap. If you have a moustache, consider shaving or put Chapstick under your nose to help the seal.
2. Find the Right Fins
The fins you wear will help you glide through the water and make swimming easier. You should choose a pair that fits snugly, but not one that cuts off your circulation.
If your toes curl or your feet hurt, they could easily cramp. That will cause you a lot of trouble in the water. If they are a little too big, that is always better than if they are too small.
3. Choose a Great Destination
When planning a scuba tip, it’s extremely important that you go somewhere that fits your level of skill. If you’re just a beginner it is not good to go too far out of your depth, especially if you have young children.
Luckily, there are plenty of enjoyable beginner snorkel spots for the entire family to enjoy. Some locations include the Bahamas, South Florida, and Hawaii. These places are perfect for a vacation where you want to relax and give your kids something fun to do. There is also plenty of marine life to explore in these areas
4. Know How to Defog
Learning how to defog your goggles is something that all snorkelers should take to heart. Snorkeling is something that is fun and simple but having fogged up goggles ruins the entire experience.
But defogging doesn’t take a whole lot. Just buy an anti-fog product that we recommend like Gear Aid Sea Gold Gel.
5. Breathe In, Breathe Out
The most important part of snorkeling is mastering how to breathe. It’s best to practice before you start your exploration under water.
Before diving, put your mask on and breathe through the tube. Make sure you aren’t biting it or else your jaw will get really sore. Give your teeth a break.
There are plenty of breathing exercises to help you get comfortable with breathing through your mouth. Try to practice these with and without your snorkel so you get used to it. It will do no good to breathe through your nose, since it is covered by the mask. This can lead to lightheadedness and panic. Try to stay calm and take deep breaths.
Once you feel confident, practice calm floating face down in the water. You’ll see a lot of cool things under the water and also be able to focus on your breathing. This will give you time to adjust to the sensation that breathing underwater gives newcomers.
We hope you’re now ready for your first snorkeling trip! If you’re in the area, pop down to Bahama Divers in Nassau to give it a go with us!